Occupational Therapy for Developmental Delay

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with developmental delay. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with developmental delay?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with developmental delay by addressing their specific needs and challenges to improve their overall functioning and independence. Here are some ways in which occupational therapy can be beneficial:

1. Improve motor skills: Occupational therapists work on improving fine motor skills, coordination, and gross motor skills to enhance an individual’s ability to perform daily activities independently. This includes tasks such as writing, dressing, feeding, and using utensils.

2. Enhance sensory processing: Occupational therapists help individuals with developmental delay improve their sensory processing abilities. They may create sensory diets or use specific interventions to address hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to different sensory inputs (such as touch, sound, or movement) to regulate their responses.

3. Support cognitive development: Occupational therapy can provide strategies to enhance cognitive skills, such as attention, problem-solving, memory, and executive functioning. Therapists may utilize various activities and techniques to promote cognitive development, depending on an individual’s specific needs.

4. Promote social skills: Occupational therapists can help individuals with developmental delay improve their social skills and interactions by providing strategies for effective communication, turn-taking, understanding non-verbal cues, and developing reciprocal relationships with peers and adults.

5. Assist with self-care skills: Occupational therapists help individuals with developmental delay develop self-care skills, including grooming, toileting, bathing, and dressing. They provide adaptive techniques, specialized equipment, and strategies to make these activities more manageable and achievable.

6. Enhance participation in daily activities: Occupational therapy focuses on enabling individuals with developmental delay to actively participate in meaningful occupations. Therapists collaborate with individuals, families, and caregivers to identify the barriers and develop strategies to overcome them, promoting greater engagement and independence in daily routines.

7. Address sensory-motor challenges: Occupational therapists address sensory-motor challenges that may affect an individual’s ability to move and perform functional tasks. They use therapeutic exercises, activities, and techniques to improve muscle strength, balance, coordination, body awareness, and postural control.

8. Assist with adaptive equipment and assistive technology: Occupational therapists assess individuals for the need of adaptive equipment or assistive technology devices that can enhance their independence and participation in daily activities. This may include specialized seating, communication devices, or devices to aid with mobility.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to support individuals with developmental delay in achieving their maximum potential, promoting independence, and improving their overall quality of life.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with developmental delay. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for developmental delay

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 


If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with developmental delay in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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